68 Inmates Dead, 25 Wounded After Clashes Between Rival Gangs at Ecuador’s Largest Prison

The body of a prisoner appears surrounded by police on the roof of the Litoral penitentiary the morning after riots broke out inside the jail in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Jose Sanchez)

Eight hours of gang fighting in Ecuador’s largest prison killed at least 68 prisoners, authorities said Saturday.

The fight between inmates housed at Litoral Penitentiary, in the coastal city of Guayaquil, began around 6:30 p.m. Friday, according to police commander General Tannya Varela.

At least 25 prisoners were injured.

Videos circulating on social media appear to show some bodies being burned on the ground, lying next to prisoners who were being viciously beaten with batons or pieces of wood.

Gov. Pablo Arosemena of Guayas, the province where Guayaquil is located, said that some inmates “tried to dynamite a wall to get into pavilion two [a section of the prison] to carry out a massacre. They also burned mattresses to try to drown (their rivals) in smoke.”

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SOURCE: NY Daily News, Muri Assuncao